How to start a reading group

Reading group

Here are some tips we’ve collected from experts on how to start a reading group. Remember to check Reading Groups for Everyone for the latest news and offers.

1. The ideal group size is between eight and ten, this is large enough to allow for no-shows and small enough to make sure everyone can have their say.

2. Monthly meetings work well because it gives everyone a chance to read the book.

3. Libraries, bookshops, cafes and pubs are all ideal venues for advertising your group.

4. You can choose books by taking turns, lucky dip or voting.

5. Try preparing some basic questions to get the discussion started. Simple ones include: did you like the book? How did you feel about but the characters? Would you recommend the book to others? Why/why not?

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Keeping your reading group active while social distancing

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With many people at home with family, flatmates or on their own, we know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism. Staying socially connected, and keeping your regular reading group meetings in your diary, is going to be very important in keeping up morale and supporting everyone’s mental health as we adjust to a new way of living.

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How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.

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Hive and The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency loves books, in every form, and we know you do too. We love it when people borrow books in every format from their brilliant local libraries. We love it when reading groups get exclusive free proofs from our publisher partners. We love it when readers pick up a pre-loved book from a second-hand bookshop for a song. And we also love it when you buy yourself or someone else a brand new book from a high street bookshop. We also know that buying online is quick and convenient...

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